Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Title: Hiding From God
By: Dorothy Teoh
Psalm 139: 1-16 (NIV)
Have you ever felt far from God? You put off spending time with Him, you don’t feel like praying or reading the Bible, and worship songs and sermons leave you unmoved. And if you do try to sit down to read the Bible and pray, it seems as if you’re merely going through the motions.
Well, I have experienced times like that. Instead of sitting down to do my morning devotion, I fill the day with chores and activities and try to ignore that niggling thought at the back of my mind, that I should be spending time with God and pouring out my heart to Him, on whatever it is that is keeping me from Him.
When that happens, I find Psalm 139 to be very helpful. In verses 7-10, David asks God:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
There is nowhere we can go where God is not present.
And God knows us inside out. If our frames were not hidden from God when we were being made in the secret place (v15-16), what makes us think we can hide from God?
And yet, sometimes, for whatever reason, whether it’s unconfessed sin, unforgiveness or something that we know we need to do and we don’t want to because it’s not pleasant or easy, we try to get away from Him. We think that if we avoid spending time with God, if we don’t come into His presence, we can hide.
But Psalm 139 reminds me that God is always present, even when I am not. More than being just present, He knows everything that is going on with me – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
David says in the opening verses of Psalm 139:
1 O LORD, You have searched me, and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.
Elizabeth Elliot says in ‘Be honest with God’ in her book Keep a Quiet Heart: “Since God knows our thoughts even before we think them, isn’t it absurd of us to hesitate to tell Him the straight truth about ourselves? When we feel we ought to try to cover our spiritual nakedness it is good for us to open up Psalm 139…”
So, there is no point in trying to run from God or in trying to hide my ‘spiritual nakedness’ from Him because He knows everything about me. Not only does He know, He cares.
Verse 5 talks about God hemming us in – behind and before. Hemming can seem restrictive; a curtailment of freedom. But to me, it speaks of God’s love and protection, like a hedge around me to keep me safe.
Even when I don’t feel like praying or reading the Bible, God is still there, watching over me. Like the loving father in the parable of the prodigal son, He is also waiting for us to come to our senses and make our way back to Him, whether we have wandered for a day or many days, a year or many years.
So, instead of running away from God, let’s run to Him and pray as David did in Psalm 139.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. AMEN.
每当这情况发生的时候， 我觉得诗篇139 很有帮助。 第7-10节，大卫问上帝：
但是诗篇139提醒我们上帝一直都在，就算我不是。上帝不只是同在，祂完全知道我的情况 － 生理，思想，情绪和灵性。
伊丽莎白.艾略特在她的书‘Keep a Quiet Heart’里的其中一章 ’Be honest with God’ 写到：“既然上帝在我们还未想到之前已预先知道我们的意念，而我们却犹豫不向祂坦诚自己，那不是荒唐吗？当我们想要掩盖我们赤裸裸的灵性光景，就是时候打开诗篇139。。。“
第5 节 讲到上帝在我们的前后环绕着。环绕可以看为限制性；削弱自由。但，对我而言，这是上帝的爱和祂的保护，就好像一个围篱在我的周围护卫着我。